Archaeological investigations at Brouage (France) : the "Maison Champlain" site (16th-17th centuries)

Author(s): Alain Champagne

Year: 2013


Established in the mid-16th century, the French Atlantic port city of Brouage is surrounded by salt marshes, which produced a valuable commodity that was exported to northern Europe and formed the basis for the city’s early wealth. However a number of factors contributed to the city’s almost immediate decline, so that by the end of the 19th century Brouage was nothing more than a small village of less than one hundred inhabitants. The principal contributing factors were the gradual silting up of the harbour, and the decommissioning of its Arsenal in favour of the royal establishment at Rochefort. This poster describes the results of archaeological work undertaken in the northwest quarter of the port of Brouage since 2005, which have uncovered a residential area containing a number of dwellings, gardens, courtyards and alleyways.

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Archaeological investigations at Brouage (France) : the "Maison Champlain" site (16th-17th centuries). Alain Champagne. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428582)

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Temporal Keywords
17th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -4.777; min lat: 41.367 ; max long: 9.553; max lat: 51.091 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 734